THE BIG READ: Cape Fear Museum is one of 77 organizations selected to receive funds from the National Endowment for the Arts to host a Big Read project in our area. The grant will be used to provide opportunities for the community to read The Things They Carried, a collection of related stories by Tim O’Brien about a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Activities related to the book will be offered from November to February, and O’Brien will present a book discussion at three local venues in January.
SUMMER MUSIC WORKSHOPS: The UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop is scheduled for July 14-19, and is for middle- and high-school students. Directed by Frank Bongiorno, the program covers virtually every aspect of jazz study and provides opportunities to work one-on-one with jazz faculty and guest artists. Call (910) 962-3395 for more information.
ART FOR CHILDREN: The Art Loft at Crescent Moon (24 North Front Street, Wilmington) hosts Kreative Kids Art Series twice a month all summer. The classes are designed for ages 7 to 11 and cost $25 per class. Call (910) 762-4207 for more information, or use email.
DIG INTO READING: New Hanover County libraries offer summer programs for children ages 2 to 5. Kids will explore math and science and learn about what's going on underground through stories, songs, and activities. Space is limited and pre-registration is required on the online calendar or by calling the library you visit for children’s programs.
POP-UP PILATES: Tired of the same gym routine? This group meets at a different location every Wednesday evening for a 30- to 45-minute Pilates workout. All skill levels welcome, kids too, and the cost is $5. Visit the Coastal Mobile Pilates website for each week's location, or call (910) 386-7911.
MOVIE MADNESS FOR KIDS: Thanks to the Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library, free Film Workshops for kids ages 8 to 18 are available this summer -- Fridays through Aug. 2. Participants will learn how to create their own films while learning how to act, operate a camera, edit and animate. Call (910) 798-6348 to pre-register.
A NEW YOU: T.R.I.M. Nutrition and FIT Club in downtown Wilmington presents a FREE 4-week fitness challenge with a choice of 12 morning or 12 evening sessions. The challenge ensures fitness and nutrition coaching, assessments at the beginning and end, prizes, celebration and lots of fun. Space is limited so reserve your spot today by emailing Nique.